Freddie Roach on the Possibility of a Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: “It’s gonna happen”

May 5, 2010 – 11:03 am by Chris Fedor

This past weekend, Floyd Mayweather showed everyone why some have considered him the top pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.  He has been criticized for dodging big fights and good fighters consistently.  Well, if you used that against “Money” before, all that talk can stop.  He went up against Shane Mosley, who was right there as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters when he stepped in the ring this past weekend in Las Vegas and Floyd Mayweather put on a masterful performance.  Not only did he show that he could sustain some hits and fight off the ropes, but he completely outclassed “Sugar” Shane Mosley and dominated the fight after the first two rounds.  Immediately after the fight, the talks of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao started back up again.  It’s the fight that fans want to see.  It’s the only fight left for Mayweather and it’s the only real fight left for Pacquiao at this point in time.  Talks broke down last time due to testing demands from Mayweather, but there seems to be a little compromise from the two sides and a huge truckload of money for both fighters to finally make this mega-fight a reality.

Freddie Roach joined 790 the Zone in Atlanta with Mayhem in the AM to talk about whether or not a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will happen, on how long it will take for the two sides to reach an agreement, how he felt Mayweather looked in his fight against Mosley this past weekend, and gives his prediction for what will happen if Mayweather and Pacquiao finally fight.

On whether or not a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will happen:

“Yeah, it’s gonna happen.  Just talked to Bob Arum yesterday.  Bob Arum’s flying to the Philippines today to make Manny the offer.  We are trying to make this work the best we can, yes.”

On whether or not it will take long to negotiate:

“No I think we have ammo to get it done quickly because there’s a lot of money out there.”

On the testing requests made by Mayweather:

“We’re gonna meet in the middle.  We wanted 24, they wanted 14.  (Host: 19?)  Yeah, 17 or 18 or something.  (Host: Now will you also give blood after the fight?)  100 percent yes.  That won’t be a problem.”

On him calling Mayweather pedestrian at 147 lbs:

“Very.  (Host: Why did you call him pedestrian at 147?)  Yeah, he can’t punch that way.  That’s his biggest issue.  The speed factor, I think he’s a little slower and I think the other night you saw he doesn’t have his legs anymore.  He changed his style because he can’t move like he used to at that weight and that’s why he was more flat-footed.  Shane did hit him in the first two rounds but Shane got old overnight, but that happens.”

On what’s going on with Manny Pacquiao and running for Congress in the Philippines:

“The election is in seven days.  The only change will be that Manny will be announced as Congressman Manny Pacquiao instead of Manny Pacquiao.”

On where the fight will take place more than likely:

“Vegas I’m sure.  (Host: Not Dallas?)  I would love to go to Dallas and sell that place out because I know we can do it, but Mayweather has a big issue that he does not want to go there.  His home is Vegas he says and he says it’s a Vegas fight, so we have no problem with that.”

On whether or not the fight would go the distance:

“Nope.  We will knock him out.”

Listen to Freddie Roach on 790 the Zone in Atlanta here

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  1. 14 Responses to “Freddie Roach on the Possibility of a Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: “It’s gonna happen””

  2. I do not have enough knowledge about Performance Enhancing Drugs. As a boxing fan, I just want to share my thoughts on how might the most sought-after Pacquaio-Mayweather fight be realized.

    Blood test before and maybe, after the fight, is enough. If say, the PEDs stays in one person’s system for a 10-day period, then blood test 9-8 days before the fight will do. No boxer in his right mind will use the PED on that 10-day period for it will be surely detected.

    Random testing 30, 25, 20, 15 or any days except that 10-day period will not serve its purpose.

    By leimor on May 5, 2010

  3. He’s fooling nobody. A roids athlete will never test. He’s simply dragging it on in hopes Floyd will drop the blood testing. If you ask him now he will ask for 24 days and nothing less.

    By TheTruth on May 5, 2010

  4. This is a joke…who in the hell negotiates 24 or 17 day break in a drug test?

    By Krook on May 5, 2010

  5. @ TheTruth, you lick a lot of floyds ass, get real

    By maynard on May 5, 2010

  6. Blood test after the fight should be good. Mosley had 6 blood tests, Mayweather has 5, why is that?

    By willycoyote on May 5, 2010

  7. Golden Boy Promotions
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. is a combat sport promotional firm started by former boxer six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya (whose nickname is The Golden Boy). De La Hoya owns a majority interest in the firm, and his partners in the venture include fellow boxers Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Márquez, and Ricky Hatton among others.[1]

    Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2001 by Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. In 2006, their fifth year of promoting, Golden Boy Promotions broke a record by selling over 2 million in pay-per-views. Golden Boy Promotions is also one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the United States on networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, Showtime, Telefutura, and ESPN. Golden Boy Promotions also co promotes fight cards with other boxing promoters/companies i.e.

    By SCRIPTED PPV DRAMA BY GBP on May 5, 2010

  8. Golden Boy Promotions, Inc. key people:
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Oscar De La Hoya – Founder
    Richard Schaefer – CEO
    Eric Gomez – Matchmaker
    Bruce Binkow – CMO
    Jeremy Hicks – Head Accountant
    Bernard Hopkins – Managing Partner (East Coast)
    Shane Mosley – Managing Partner (West Coast)
    Ronald Wright – Managing Partner (South)
    Juan Manuel Marquez – Managing Partner (Mexico)
    Ricky Hatton – Managing Partner (UK)

    By SCRIPTED PPV DRAMA BY GBP on May 5, 2010

  9. MOSLEY vs MAYWEATHER GAME PLAN (Scripted Fight):
    Staged by: Pussy Boy Floyd (PBF) / Gay Boy Promotions (GBP)
    Main Sponsor: The RING Magazine (Owned by GOLDEN BOY – MAFIA Boxing Godfather)
    Secondary Sponsor: BALCO/USADA/WADA Boys (Golf Buddies)

    A. Fight I: Who R U Picking – Unanimous Decision: Winner (Mayweather – to protect Floyds “0?)
    B. Fight II: THE REMATCH – Decision: Winner (Mosley) – will lead to Fight III
    C. Fight III: THE TRILOGY – Decision: Winner (Mayweather) – will proclaim the “P4P King of all time”
    E. Overall Winner: Pussy Boy Floyd (PBF) / Gay Boy Promotions (GBP)
    Overall Loser: Boxing Fans & Entire WORLD of BOXING

    By SCRIPTED PPV DRAMA BY GBP on May 5, 2010

  10. Make a signed agreement stating Pacquiao will do the blood test 17 days before and right after the fight and Mayweather can’t use xylocaine for his hands.That’s fair compromise.

    By jose on May 5, 2010

  11. the fight won’t happen.. floyd gayweather will find another alibi to drop the fight with pacquiao.. a drug test right after the fight will be good.. from split purse, weight,the date of the fight, venue and whatever issues he came up with, it’s obvious that he didn’t want to fight pacman. gayweather retired when he was matched with miguel cotto, he’s coward.. the WBA belt wasn’t at stake when he fought mosley, know why? because he will be on a mandatory defense if he wins the fight against mosley.

    By pox on May 5, 2010

  12. Floyd is simply ducking pacquiao. He is demanding something that is simply unrealistic. You only demand when the guy has a history. Pacquiao never had a history of drug use. It is just fair to require mosley to undergo the drug test that floyd requires because he has a history. Mosley admitted to drug use before. The only reason why he wants pacquiao to take it is because he thinks pacquio is too good to be true. He doesnt think that pacquiao’s achievements were possible so he came out saying that he wants it to be “fair.” In short he fears pacquiao running over him! Pacquiao demanded that floyd pays huge for every excess pound because he has history of not getting within the catch weight. Remember the marquez fight? This is a reasonable demand. Stop pretending that he is cleaning the sport because he is not. Put yourself in pacquiao’s shoes. Would you agree to this kind of test if it isn’t required by the commission? Will you submit to this test if you don’t have a history?

    By louis on May 5, 2010

  13. Arrogant chicken Floyd “wants to clean boxing”?I suggest he cleans his backyard first. His siblings have drug history, felons, and have bad boys around him. He will be more credible if he improves image first.

    By roger guiang on May 5, 2010

  14. gayfloyd-roids is hell scared of paquiao, that’s why he will always be n0. 2 to paquiao!

    By kidgan27 on May 6, 2010


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